Occupy Nashville members sue over new plaza rules

Occupy Nashville members sue over new plaza rules (Image 1)
Occupy Nashville members sue over new plaza rules (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Members of Occupy Nashville have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging new rules governing the use of the War Memorial Plaza next to the capitol.

The Tennessean reports Occupy members are asking a federal judge block enforcement of the rules that include a prohibition on camping at the plaza.

Occupy protesters who had camped out there were arrested last October. A federal court order found the hastily drawn rules that prompted the arrests violated the protesters' First Amendment rights. Legislators then passed a law banning camping on all state property, including the plaza.

The Wednesday lawsuit names Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials as defendants.

Occupy Nashville members have a separate suit pending in federal court related to the October 2011 arrests.

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